We love knitwear! Because the cozy sweaters and cardigans not only keep us particularly warm on cold days, they also look great. But in order to have something from your wool it-piece for a long time, it depends on the right care. We'll tell you the best way to wash, dry and care for knitting:
Slowly but surely it's getting really cold outside. The first temperatures below zero degrees for Germany have already been announced next week. So it's high time to get all of our thick knitted sweaters and cardigans out of the closet. To ensure that our favorite pieces stay soft and in shape for a long time, the right care is essential. We'll tell you seven tips on how to properly care for knitting:
Tip # 1: wash knitwear properly
Washing machine: yes or no? We ask ourselves that every time we have to wash our favorite sweater again. The fact is: The washing machine is fine if it is on a wool or even hand wash cycle. When washing the knitwear, be sure to turn it inside out or even wash it in a laundry net. It is imperative to use mild detergent or wool detergent and do not overload the machine. You should also set the spin speed of your washing machine as low as possible. Because spinning too hard will rough up the wool.
By the way, you can also pay attention to sustainability when washing and, for example, use a liquid detergent with plant-based ingredients. Our favourite:
Tip # 2: dry knitting properly
Caution is also advised after washing. Never wring out the sweater or place it on the heater. It is better if you roll up the sweater in a towel. Then it can soak up the water from the wet sweater and the rope dries slowly and gently. Please never hang wool and knitwear on the dryer, but always lay them down to dry.
Tip # 3: remove lint
If one of your sweaters is particularly linting after washing and your black jeans look like your sweater after a short time, then the rope is losing too many fibers. This is due to the loosely twisted yarn in the clothing: Short fibers break off and either stick to the sweater itself or the trousers. This can be remedied with a lint glove, which attracts lint and small hairs due to its velvety surface, or a self-cleaning clothes brush.
Another trick is to moisten the sweater very lightly with water and then put it in a plastic bag in the freezer compartment for 24 hours. The cold pulls lint from the yarn.
Tip # 4: avoid pilling
Unfortunately, pilling is a typical problem with knitted garments! It occurs when the sweater rubs against each other. Mostly on the arms from rubbing on the desk or under the arms from all our movements. Our winter jackets also rub on the sweater and ensure that loose fabric fibers become small knots. Incorrect washing also promotes pilling. A special comb for wool or a wool razor is recommended to remove the pill. They are now even available in electric, for example from the Swedish brand Leader Pro.
Tip # 5: remove stains from knitting
You can carefully treat light soiling with a mixture of lukewarm water and a little wool detergent. However, since the fine fibers tangle easily, you should also pay close attention to the water temperature here. It should by no means be hot, just warm. For larger stains you can also use common "stain devils". It is best to test it beforehand on an inconspicuous area.
Tip # 6: hang up the rope correctly
Now the knitted sweater just has to be put back in the closet. But please do not hang on hangers. This causes the rope to deform too much. It is best to fold it flat (not too small, otherwise the fibers will rub against each other too much) in the cupboard. Avoid direct sunlight.
Tip # 7: Protect rope from moths
Now there is only the problem with the moths. But we have a solution for that too! Clothing that has been unworn in the closet for a long time should be taken out, shaken out and washed regularly. Also lay out moth paper in the closet and hang sticky pheromone traps in the closet. Small scented sachets with lavender also drive away the little beasts.
Are you still looking for great knitted sweaters and fashionable it-pieces for this winter? Here you are guaranteed to find something:
What do you think of the tips? Did you already know them all and are you already following them? Or have you always thrown your sweaters in the washing machine together with shirts and pants? Do you have another ultimate tip? Then share it with us in the comments!